LOS ANGELES—Ashley Paz scored six goals to lead No. 22 CSU Bakersfield past No. 14 San José State 10-9 in the consolation round of the MPSF Tournament Saturday at UCLA.
“Ashley was unstoppable at times on both offense and defense today,” said CSUB head coach Jason Gall.
The Roadrunners and the Spartans exchanged goals early before Paz put CSUB up 3-2 at the 2:18 mark of the first period. Sheila Jensen tied at three 2:03 into the second. A Paz power play goal at 4:35 of the second returned the lead to the Roadrunners. Paz completed a hat trick a little over two minutes later to create a two-goal advantage. Kristen Jensen scored CSUB's third power play goal of the half with just over a minute to play in the first half. The ‘Runners took a 6-3 lead into halftime.
Carla Toha Vilanova scored the first goal of the second half for the Spartans three minutes into the third when she took advantage of a CSUB overplay in front of the ‘Runner goal. Yates cut the lead to 6-5 with a power play goal in the fifth minute. The Roadrunners drew an exclusion with 17 seconds to go in the third period. After a 30-second timeout, Paz's fourth of the day made it 7-5 at the buzzer.
Klaudia Paradi scored 1:18 into the fourth quarter to bring the Spartans back to within one. Paz drew a penalty shot on the ensuing Roadrunner possession. She converted the opportunity to put CSUB back up by two. The Roadrunners forced a turnover and drew an exclusion on San José State goalie Katelynn Thompson. Jensen's skip shot pushed the lead to 9-6.
Carla Toha Vilanova scored on a penalty shot of her own with just under five to play. After the teams exchanged defensive stops, Paz's sixth goal of the day at 3:34 put CSUB into double digits. A Roadrunnner exclusion led to a Sierra Painter power play goal with 2:39 remaining. An unforced CSUB turnover led to a Spartans' transition opportunity which Painter made count as she tallied her second goal at the 2:03 mark.
The Spartans (10-19) attempted a long pass to get into a transition opportunity. CSUB stole the ball but could not get a shot off and dumped the ball back to the Spartans with 44 seconds remaining. San José Statecalled timeout. Paz jumped a Spartans' pass and made the steal to regain possession for the Roadrunners. CSUB called their final timeout to set the offense. Paz drew an exclusion on Thompson who was trying to steal the ball. CSUB ran out the clock for the win.
The Roadrunner victory was the first for CSUB against a MPSF opponent since the ‘Runners joined the conference in 2013 (30 regular season, 10 post season matches). It is the first time that the Roadrunners have defeated the Spartans (breaking a 15-match losing streak to SJSU) since Apr. 5, 2009 when CSUB defeated San José State 12-11. Paz scored 10 goals in two games vs. the Spartans this season; the most by an opponent player vs. San José State.
“I am so proud and excited for our seniors who have grown so much as players and people over the last four years,” Gall said. “Tancy and Cassie had a couple goals in the first quarter that set the tone for the game. For Ashley not to have an ejection against her as a primary defender in two games this season against San Jose is unbelievable. She has proven to be one of the top players in this conference. We are excited to be playing tomorrow for fifth place.”
CSU Bakersfield (13-16) will face No. 4 Arizona State (19-7) for fifth place Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
CSUB 3 3 1 3
SJSU 2 1 2 4
SJSU Goals- McKenna Yates 2, Sierra Painter 2, Carla Toha Vilanova 2, Donia Momen 1, Sheila Jensen 1, Klaudia Paradi 1,
CSUB Saves-Courtney Wahlstrom 9
SJSU Saves-Katelynn Thompson 10